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Goan Voice Newsletter: Sunday 31 Mar. 2024

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From Eddie Fernandes, Editor of Goan Voice 1.0

This is the last issue of Goan Voice I have put together. Thank you to the readers for sustaining me and to Vivek Menezes for taking it over. Long Live Goan Voice 2.0!

From Vivek Menezes, Editor of Goan Voice 2.0 This publication helmed with such dedication and grace by Eddie Fernandes, has long been one of my favourite places on the Internet. Even before the Google age we now live in, it searched the far vestiges of the World Wide Web for connections to Goa with tremendous acumen and resourcefulness, and that trait has persisted with remarkable consistency throughout the years. You always read the most interesting news and views here first, which is an important legacy to carry forward even if its great founder-editor insists it's time for him to stop. It's my pleasure to confirm Goan Voice will resume everyday presence later this year, after some weeks hiatus to reorganize. Please join me in an old-fashioned three cheers to Eddie Fernandes for the amazing achievement of so many years. Viva! Deu borem korum

Air India: Direct London/Goa from £405 roundtrip. May – June 2024 dates

29 Mar: Secret Flying (UK). Cheap flights from London, UK to Indian cities from only £380 roundtrip. Fly to: Ahmedabad: £380; Amritsar: £382; Kochi: £384 [Cheapest I could find to Goa: £403. Can you do better?]  click here
SkyScanner: Example: Depart Gatwick 9 May return Mopa 7 Jun. Air India Direct Economy: from £405 (Travel Trolley) to £462 (Air India). Business: £1362 (half of regular price)  click here

Swindon: Row over plan for Goan community centre at Medina nightclub

30 Mar: Swindon Advertiser. By Aled Thomas. Before May 2023, Conservative councillors were enthusiastic about the prospects of turning the old Medina nightclub into a community centre for people of Goan heritage. One of those members, Councillor Anabelle Pegado, said: "Officers agreed to commission a condition survey to find out exactly what needed to be done to the building and how much money would be required for renovations before we made a final decision.” But when Labour came to power a year ago, leader of the council Councillor Jim Robbins poured cold water on the idea saying the building was not suitable. He said it is not accessible to those who have mobility problems, there is no parking allocated to it, although it is near a council pay and display car park, and the building is damaged by water ingress, contains asbestos and is vermin-infested. Now Tory councillors are trying to put pressure on the administration to revive the idea. .. Cllr Robbins said: “Misleading comments from Conservative councillors just ahead of the elections are just shameless electioneering, and sadly typical of last year’s antics.” 604 words.  click here
15 Jul. 2023. Goan Voice. Links to Video: Swindon Council agrees on Medina Nightclub Building Survey to provide a Goan Community Centre … Anabelle Pegado’s Facebook page …  click here

New Luxury Retirement Senior Living Project in North Goa

29 Mar: Manasum Senior Living in collaboration with Prescon Homes, a boutique real estate development company, has announced the launch of a Senior living project in North Goa, according to an official release. The project, IKIGAI Goa, is located a 10-minute drive from Goa’s capital, Panjim and offers 240 fully serviced luxury residences of 1 and 2-bedroom configuration, with possession beginning in 90 – 120 days, the release said. According to the developer, the 7.5-acre site includes a clubhouse, a Health Wellness Center with round-the-clock nursing services, a physiotherapy centre, a swimming pool, gym, karaoke bar, badminton court, tennis court, salon, convenience store and a 42-seater theatre for entertainment… The community offers 1 BHK units spanning 807 sq ft priced at Rs 65.09 lakh and 2 BHK units of 1098 sqft available at Rs 87.24 lakh. Additionally, residents can avail of Veg dining services offered at Rs 9000/- + taxes per head per month, providing meals prepared by expert chefs.  click here
For the IKIGAI Goa website with photos, video, brochure, etc.  click here

News Headlines

31 Mar: Herald. Souza, Again. By Vivek Menezes. 1026 words. Click here.

29 Mar: Chef Don: Video: Goan Fish curry in London. Click here.

30 Mar: Navhind Times. Fight against caste bias in Canada. By Anne Murphy & Suraj Yengde. Click here.

29 Mar: Does the Indian football team need an OCI spine? Click here.

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